CAN A WOMAN ALLOW NON MAHRAM MAN TO ENTER HER HOUSE WHEN HER HUSBAND IS NOT AT HOME?

Praise be to Allah.

Firstly:

All the scholars unanimously believe and agree to the fact that it is haram(impermissible) to be alone with a Non-mahram (a person with whom marriage is permissible) person because of the hadith of Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) :

“No man should be alone with a woman unless there is a mahram (male relative whom she could never marry) with her.” Narrated by al-Bukhari, 5233; Muslim, 1341.

An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: If a non-mahram man is alone with a non-mahram woman, with no third person present, this is haraam according to scholarly consensus.

End quote from Sharh Saheeh Muslim, 9/109

As-San‘ani (may Allah have mercy on him) said: This hadeeth indicates that it is haram to be alone with a non-mahram woman, and there is consensus on this point.

End quote from Subul as-Salam. 1/608

Secondly:

There is nothing wrong with a woman allowing a non-mahram man to enter her husband’s house when he is absent, as long as two conditions are met:

1. Her husband must be aware of that and must give her permission to do so.

2. She should not be alone with him. Rather there must be a mahram present with her i.e. either her brother or father or anyone with whom it is not permissible to marry her.

If there is no mahram present but another woman is there with her. Khalwa, in that case, can be avoided but it still is not permissible for a woman to put herself in such a situation unless the woman is trustworthy and the man who is with them in that place is also trustworthy and there is no fear that he could overpower the two women.

An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: If a non-mahram man is alone with a non-mahram woman, without a third person being present with them, this is haraam according to scholarly consensus; this is different from if a man is with a number of non-mahram women, in which case the correct view is that it is permissible.

End quote from Sharh Saheeh Muslim, 9/109

As-San‘ani (may Allah have mercy on him) said: It says in the hadeeth that “the third one present with them is the Shaytan”. Can someone other than the mahram take his place in that regard, so that there will be someone with them in order that khalwah will be avoided? It seems to be the case that he may take his place because the reason for the prohibition is the fear that the Shaytan may cause temptation between them.

End quote from Subul as-Salam, 1/608

Based on this, there is nothing wrong with the man allowing a non-mahram to enter his house, on condition that he is not alone with his wife and that he is trustworthy. However, the basic principle and the best precaution to safeguard religious commitment is that he should not allow this unless there is a mahram present.

And Allah knows best.

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